1 Mar

I apologize for my absence.  It has been a few difficult months, and I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to update the site and share my feelings.  It’s important to me that I be as open and honest as I can be; however, transparency can be painful.

After Sammy’s death, I spent the first six months focused on preparations and fundraising for the National HPE Conference held in July.  With so many people counting on me and so much work to be done, I suppressed my grief and focused on the task at hand.

Thank goodness we were participating in weekly grief counseling with a therapist because the months of October and November were the most difficult.  In November, Steve was downsized from his job.  He decided to make a move back into the insurance industry, and he is now licensed to sell health, life, property and casualty insurance.  Steve is now working at a State Farm agency in Lebanon, and he has found his new career path.

With Steve out of work, I made the decision to return to gainful employment after 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, and I am currently working full-time as a Patient Financial Counselor for Community Health Network.  It is strange to enter the workforce after so much time away, and I’m still trying to find my way.

I had hoped to add a blog feature to Sammy’s website, but after hours of time wasted on it, I just couldn’t figure it out.  I sure do hate it when software applications are smarter than I am!  So, until I can find more time and patience, I’ll just keep following the same format that has served me well the past few years.

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